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From the Literature: GAO Report on SORNA Implementation  

Author:  Erin Bundra, J.D..

Source: Volume 15, Number 01, December/January 2014 , pp.7-10(4)

Sex Offender Law Report

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In 2006, Congress attempted to bring uniformity to states’ varying registration requirements with the passage of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), requiring substantial implementation in jurisdictions by July 2009. This deadline was extended to July 2011, due to the failure of any single jurisdiction to substantially meet the standards of SORNA. Under SORNA, the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) was created as a division of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The Government Accountability Office (GAO), at the request of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security in the House of Representatives, conducted a study on the status of SORNA implementation throughout the United States and the resulting effect on affected jurisdictions. This article reviews the report issued by GAO.

Keywords: SORNA limitations; SORNA guidelines; GAO recommendations regarding SORNA

Affiliations:  1: Contributing Editor.

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